Mom Accused of Suffocating 3-Year-Old Girl & 1-Year-Old Boy With Plastic Bags

A Maryland mom has been charged in the tragic death of her two toddlers, who died on Sunday after an apparent suffocation. Court documents state that Sonya Katrina Spoon faces counts of "first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault after allegedly admitting to smothering the two children."

The 24-year-old allegedly used plastic bags to suffocate her 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Police officers were called to the home around 2 a.m. on Sunday after receiving a call about the children in respiratory distress.

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In a press release on Monday, police said that a family member had made the call and said Spoon admitted to the crime. They also confirmed that the boy died about half an hour after arriving at the hospital and the girl died around 7 a.m.

Authorities also say that evidence of foul play was "readily available" at the scene of the crime -- Spoon's parents' house, where she appeared to have lived with her two children.

The cause of the deaths has not been officially determined, but police claim to have found the plastic bags Spoon admitted to smothering her babies with at the home. There is no known motive, but police are looking at the possibilities of a custody battle or even the mother not wanting to have the responsibility of being a parent.

There may also be potential mental issues involved, as police say that Spoon underwent a psychiatric evaluation at the beginning of the month.

What a truly tragic situation, as a family grieves not just the loss of two sweet toddlers, but the possibility that their own mother killed them. It's hard to say what could be going through a mom's head that would drive her to end the lives of her precious babies, but if that's what happened here, there have to be psychological issues.

Do you think there's anything that might have been missed at Spoon's psych evaluation that could've hinted at this impending tragedy?

 

Image via Prince George's County Police Department

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